True wisdom is not measured by paper qualifications – Obi’s aide replies trolls
Valentine Obienyem, the Media Aide of the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has rubbished criticisms trailing the refusal of his principal to present his Philosophy Degree certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Obi, who holds a degree in Philosophy could only present his West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) certificate to the electoral umpire, sparking rumours regarding the authenticity of his degree qualifications.
Obi’s aide downplays the situation: Reacting to the development in a statement on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, Obienyem argued that possession of paper qualifications can’t be used as a yardstick for wisdom and intelligence.
“Each time I mentioned it to him, Obi would restrain me from publishing. His stand is clear: ‘Val, to me, education is the progressive discovery of our ignorance. We learn every day. The possession of paper qualification is not, and cannot become the measure of wisdom and intelligence.
“When people debate what I graduated with, ignore them. To allow yourself to become fixated on such inane discourse is to imply that you do not have better things to do.
“Yesterday, though INEC included ‘Degree’ to his qualifications, without specifying the field, mischief makers went to town. Some of them even went to the extent of implying that either he did not attend university after all or he did not graduate.
“At this point, there is no need to confer with him. I had to reach our boss immediately, Mr Oseloka Obaze. Hear him: ‘Val, go on and publish. If anything arises, tell him that I authorised. We need not appease mischief makers, but to clear all doubts among all men and women of goodwill who are genuinely concerned.”
“Also attached are his credentials as published by INEC. Having published the result, let others whose credentials are doubted publish theirs.”